12 Dec 2013

Do You Suck at Receiving?? 6 Simple Practices to Jumpstart the Flow of Mojo

I have to admit; at one point in my life receiving anything was tough. I routinely brushed off compliments and was generally uncomfortable when someone did something for me. I always felt obligated to repay whatever the “gift” was. An experience I had in a meeting of my Mastermind group a few years ago really changed my thoughts about the importance of receiving well. One...

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28 Nov 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps!

I am so grateful for each one of you. It’s been just over a year since Dr. Anna was born and it has been the most wonderful year. I’ve had wonderful opportunities to spread the message that menopause does not necessarily equal misery and to help many of you achieve the hormone balance that’s helping you rock your mojo! If you’ve read Brene Brown’s Daring...

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21 Nov 2013

Dr. Anna’s 9-Step “Fight Fat After 40” Holiday Survival Guide

There’s not a single one of my readers that doesn’t know how hard it is to “manage your middle” after 40. Between crazy hormones and shrinking metabolism, it can feel like every calorie is gluing itself right to your belly! The holidays are here and believe it or not, it IS possible to avoid weight gain even when you’re surrounded by sugarplums and eggnog. Try...

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24 Oct 2013

Developing Osteoporosis? 5 Hints that Whisper “Pay Attention”

Falling estrogen and testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause contribute greatly to osteopenia (the beginnings of osteoporosis) and osteoporosis. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis which include family history, medications and lifestyle (to name a few). But, how do we know whether our bones are healthy or not? We can’t see them like we can our skin, or listen to them like the heart...

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26 Sep 2013

What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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22 Aug 2013

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Most women know that menopause is defined by the end of the menstrual cycle and typically occurs between the ages of 45-55. But many women don’t know about perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage in a woman’s life that prepares her body for menopause during the 5-10 years before menopause actually happens. During this stage, estrogen levels are rising and falling, progesterone is dropping, and testosterone...

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25 Jul 2013

Feeling Chained to Your Screen? 6 Healthy Reasons to Pull the Plug

Has your cell phone become an appendage? iPad your new bedmate? Is Facebook your new best friend? If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to ditch the screen for a long weekend (or more). Taking a long weekend to enjoy a life in the third dimension might sound impossible, but it could be more important to your overall health than...

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18 Jul 2013

Financing Menopause: Will that be Cash or Charge, Ma’am?

Guest blog by Shirley Weir Show me a woman who isn’t starved: starved for time, money, and let’s be honest, a little sanity! At Menopause Chicks, I’m on a mission to crack open the conversation on one of the most natural of life’s occurrences–yet one of the most taboo and misunderstood subjects: menopause & perimenopause.  People will happily discuss sex, religion…even money before they’re willing...

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11 Jul 2013

Vacation Coming? 3 Simple Strategies to Avoid De-Railing Your Diet

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip. -Arnold H. Glasgow   Picture this.  You’re cruising along, making excellent health choices using your very best thinking.  You’re feeling stronger, healthier and you are totally on the right track. You’re super-proud of yourself! Summer comes. And it’s time for your vacation. You have visions of...

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